Quench your thirst with city water, delivered with artistry

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 17, 2008 - 11:04 PM
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mnguardian01Jul. 17, 08 9:38 PM

I dare some eager beaver reporter to test the water in city hall to find out just what would spew forth in these designer fountains. I do not care what you spend if looks like fish pee, tastes like fish pee, guess what it probably is. Frankly, from what I heard of the City water tests; fish pee sounds pretty good to the rumors I've heard out of city hall.

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bowzerJul. 18, 08 9:18 AM

I don’t know enough about the budget and financing of these fountains to comment on whether this is worth it from a financial perspective. That said, it is great to see a city invest in improving itself aesthetically while improving public services. Fountains are inherently artistic, and are a perfect medium for the city of lakes. Beyond that, improving Minneapolis cultivates municipal pride and improves our standard of living. While new water fountains would constitute only a small piece of our city, combine it with the new Twin’s stadium going up and the infrastructure that will come with it, and there are some exciting new additions coming.

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bowzerJul. 18, 08 9:27 AM

I don’t know enough about the budget and financing of these fountains to comment on whether this is worth it from a financial perspective. That said, it is great to see a city invest in improving itself aesthetically while providing public services. Fountains are inherently artistic, and are a perfect medium for the city of lakes. Beyond that, improving Minneapolis cultivates municipal pride and improves our standard of living. While new water fountains would constitute only a small piece of our city, they would make a noticeable difference. It is a good sign when a city knows to balance form with function.

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swschradJul. 18, 0810:30 AM

take a little stainless steel bowl. put a drain in the bottom so it doesn't overflow with drooled water that spills on the front of your pants. put a spout on the side, with, yeah! -- put a button on there to control the water flow! and set it atop a pedestal. I'll have a proof of concept as soon as I can find a run-down old park with a 1940 fountain in it, and Photoshop a picture into broad brush strokes. I'll pick up the $500,000 in a brown envelope on the corner of 2nd and 5th at 6:30 tonight, thanks.

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nancy1959Jul. 18, 0811:02 AM

Future look at the fountains after installation: Pigeon bathing, Foot washing, bathing, child's urinal, diaper changing areas...you get the idea. Will anyone really want to drink from them?

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twirwinJul. 18, 0812:31 PM

And this mayor was the weeny crying about a cut in state funding? You gotta love big government liberals. Never enough money for them. I think hiring another 7 or 8 cops to try to control the thugs in town may have been better use of the money. Just my opinion.

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jsmith417Jul. 18, 08 7:31 PM

half a million is $500,000, not 50k

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jsmith417Jul. 18, 08 7:50 PM

... which... 50K * 10 fountains... is half a million!

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gregherlingAug. 17, 08 8:02 AM

i thought the city already had water running through it

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